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He crushed the bones of my fingers together.

Ham on rye – Charles Bukowski

I waited and waited. The weeds were tall and green. I saw headlights, wheels, a bumper. I felt like vomiting. If I ever got a bat in my hands again I knew I would hit it over the school building.

My father pulled up alongside the road, parked near a wire fence and we sat there, listening. Ham on Rye discussion. Underneath all that bravado and machismo there beat the heart of a disappointed, yet true, romantic.

But he didn’t appear to frighten most people; they often just stared at him, calmly, and he became more furious.

Just as I did the first time, I assumed this novel would be profane, profane for the sake of being profane. Coming out once I saw a small boy drinking at a water fountain. Westphal just sat there correcting papers.

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Westphal said, “Good afternoon, Henry. Henry’s love for literature.

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I put my face down on the desk. My parents often spoke of them. I turned and looked outside. What sets this one apart is the fact that he has a plenty to be angry about. You’ll read about everything from old people fucking to guys jacking off dogs to teenage boys looking up through bleachers to scope out a bared vagina.

All a guy needed was a chance.

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Meanwhile my father was talking about how good it all tasted, how lucky we were to be eating good food when most of the people in the world, and many even in America, were starving and poor.

They’re torn bukoaski full of grass stains! The first graders gathered at their own baseball diamond and the teams were chosen. We also ate roast beef, knockwurst and sauerkraut, green peas, rhubarb, carrots, spinach, string beans, chicken, meatballs and spaghetti, sometimes mixed with ravioli; there were boiled onions, asparagus, and every Sunday there was strawberry shortcake with vanilla ffree cream. He tossed it to me.

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Bukoski walked the next guy. You never worked a day in your life! That afternoon, after school, he found me and began walking along beside me. The people were restrictive and careful, all alike.

The sense of alienation. I would certainly never be able to be happy, to get married, I could never have children. The smaller boy would attempt to fight hack but it was useless. My parents wanted to be rich so they imagined themselves rich. The ball arrived late.


Jesus Christ, what kind of ambition is that? But the next day at lunch time, when he sat down next to me I ate his potato chips. My elbows burned too. She walked down the aisle and sat on the top of the desk across from me. He sat on the curb next to me.

The novel focuses on the protagonist, Henry Chinaski, between the years of and The ball hit the top of the hedge and bounced over. They gave us free football cards. As I walked off the diamond I saw David playing third base in his knickers. Red and I kept throwing the ball and they stood watching us. His brazenness and indifference met in a heady concoction, sending a mild swagger across the reading eye.

With his crossed eyes, he couldn’t even see the hall. But my father’s dream was not to be. I went home and my parents tried to ground me.

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